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Removing Paneling from Sheetrock

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    LESLIE: Phil in New Hampshire, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

    PHIL: Hi. I just bought a house that has paneling all in the living room.
    TOM: OK.
    PHIL: And I wanted to know if – the sheetrock behind it, if I peel it down, the sheetrock is not taped and mudded. And the house was built in ’48.
    TOM: OK.
    PHIL: Wondering if I can just reuse that sheetrock by taping and mudding.
    TOM: I don’t see why not. If it’s good-quality drywall and you can simply tape it – tape the seams – you certainly can. I don’t see any reason to remove it. Now, if you get it down and you find out that there’s some problems with the drywall, you can simply put another layer over that and you can use 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch drywall that time around.
    PHIL: OK. Well, I guess that was it.
    TOM: Alright, Phil. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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